from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of cloistral.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a cloister.
  • adj. Having cloisters; cloistered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cloistral.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to a cloister; cloistral.
  • Resembling a religious house in its seclusion; cloister-like; secluded.


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Based on Latin claustrum ("cloister").


  • Except for the choir and the sacristy, it was the only place that allowed some frequency of male entry. 80 The constitutions deal at some length with the possible necessity of male entrance into the female environment of the claustral buildings.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • However, from drawings, textual references, and archeology, we can reconstruct some aspects of the claustral buildings from the two houses of Unterlinden and St. Katharinenthal.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • The site of the monastery usually determined the layout of the monastic buildings, whereas the requirements of plumbing and outer walls as well as gardens molded the finished claustral precinct.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • In Seduction and Betrayal, for example, she located Virginia Woolf's special and claustral narrowness, her aggravated femininity, less in her situation as a woman than in the aestheticism and androgyny of Bloomsbury.

    On Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007)

  • Madame des Grassins was one of those lively, plump little women, with pink-and-white skins, who, thanks to the claustral calm of the provinces and the habits of a virtuous life, keep their youth until they are past forty.

    Eug�nie Grandet

  • All the windows look on the street; the whole dwelling, in claustral fashion, is divided into rooms or cells of equal size, all opening upon a long corridor dimly lit with borrowed lights.


  • How should he draw back — this creature, all sensation, all enjoyment of life, tired of the monotony of existence in a country town, weary of poverty, harassed by enforced continence, impatient of the claustral life of the Rue de Cluny, of toiling without reward?

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • Women will pass me lightly, women with open and inviting faces, but they will not attract me, and there will come beautiful women, women with that touch of claustral preoccupation which forbids the thought of any near approach.

    A Modern Utopia

  • Good – Conscience; he is an austere, unearthly friend, whom maybe Torquemada knew; and the folds of his raiment are not merely claustral, but have something of the horror of the pall.

    Lay Morals

  • This done, there must be a fine little interlacing of them, like points of diamonds, as is to be seen in the great tower of Bourges, with a like number of the nudinnudos, nilnisistandos, and stiff bracmards, that dwell in amongst the claustral codpieces.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel


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